2014 USC Trojans' Summaries

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  1. JFunk34

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    2014 USC Trojans' Summaries

    USC at Georgia Tech

    The defending National Champs opened up the 2014 campaign with a trip to Atlanta to square off with the Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech. USC picked up where they left off last season. Using the same basic system that led them to the National Championship last season. Powered by a strong running game, led by All-American and Heisman contender Marlin Ward, the USC offense gained 408 total yards. With Matt Barkley graduating the offense was put into the hands of Cedric Schmidt. He handled his first game as a starter pretty well. Doing what his team needed him to do to keep the defense honest. He was 9 of 17 for 159 yards and 1 TD. The Trojans' defense did a pretty good job. Although they became a little vulnerable to the pass late in the game as GT tried to catch up and USC was trying to shift from playing an option defense. USC starts off the season 1-0(0-0).

    FINAL SCORE
    USC-35 GT-14

    Player of the Game
    Marlin Ward 24 Car, 225 Yds, 2 TD


    Next game vs Arkansas


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    USC vs Arkansas

    The Razorbacks traveled to Los Angeles to take on the defending national champions. USC has been outstanding at home and this game was no different. USC kept the same philosophy that has worked for them the past two years. Grinding the ball out, spreading out the D, keep them on their heels with well time down field shots, and control the clock. Cedric Schmidt has stepped in admirably so far this season for the departed Matt Barkley. He was 13 of 18 for 225 yards and 2 TD's. He really shined on third down and as a result of his play on third down USC was 8 of 9 on third down conversions. USC's defense played pretty well. The held a powerful Arkansas offense to only 237 yards and 2 TD's. This game really just showed that The Trojans have no intention of giving up their National Champs title this year. They slowly and systematically beat Arkansas scoring 7 points in the first, 14 in the second, 7 in the third, and 14 in the fourth. Both of Arkansas' TD's came in the second half. This is Trojan football. USC improves to 2-0(0-0).

    FINAL SCORE
    USC-42 Ark-14

    Player of the Game
    Marlin Ward 27 Car, 243 Yds, 3 TD

    Next week off


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    USC at Cal


    Coach JFunk was not happy with his offensive performance in their loss to Washington so he set out see improvement this week against Cal. And the results were noticeable. The result was 491 yards and 56 points by USC on their in-state rival. An absolutely dominating offensive performance led by Marlin Ward. Ward ran wild on the Cal defense. It was an important cog that USC seemed to have gone away from for some ridiculous reason in the loss to Cal. But this game proved once again, that no matter what the score, Ward should get at least 20 touches a game. QB Cedric Schmidt played extremely well going 12 of 15 for 170 yards and 2 TD's. The offense came out fast and never slowed down. They had a 35-7 lead at the half and tacked on 14 more in the third and 7 more in the fourth. The defense played fantastic against a formidable Cal offense. They held the Cal offense to just 158 total yards. A fantastic overall performance by The Trojans. USC improves to 3-1(1-1) on the season.

    FINAL SCORE
    USC-56 Cal-7

    Player of the Game
    Marlin Ward 27 Car, 289 Yds, 5 TD

    Next week vs Stanford


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    USC vs Stanford


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    A classic hard fought Pac-10 game. Stanford must not have got the memo that they weren't supposed to hang with The Trojans because they came out fired up and gave USC fits. They held the powerful USC offense to no score in the first. Going into the second with a 0-0 tie USC was finally able to get some points on the board. Stanford was very effective against Marlin Ward holding him to only 43 yards on the ground. So USC's passing attack led my QB Cedric Schmidt had to get going. He was able to lead two successful drive for TD's in the second. One capped off by a 1-yard TD run by Ward and the other a 18-yard TD pass to Bryan Givens. Stanford answered before the half with a TD of their own. USC added a FG in the third making it a 17-7 game going into the fourth. USC's defense buckled down causing a couple of turnovers to put the game completely out of reach in the fourth. USC improves 4-1(2-1).

    FINAL SCORE
    USC-34 Stan-7

    Player of the Game
    Cedric Schmidt 15-24 240 Yds, 3 TD

    Next week vs Washington State
     
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    USC vs Washington State

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    USC took a slightly different approach to this game. Coach JFunk wanted to try a few different things on offense and see how it worked out. The results were very positive. They accumulated 423 total yards and 320 of them were on the ground. USC has always been a very pro-style offense and will not forget their roots. But Coach JFunk has decided it is time to incorporate some spread elements to his team to give the opposing defenses a few more wrinkles to prepare for. The philosophy of the offense will remain the same, the execution will vary. The USC defense played a pretty good game this week. They were especially stout on third down. Washington State was just 1 of 11 on third down against The Trojans. Overall Coach JFunk was happy with his teams performance and looks to keep improving, especially with his new offense. USC improves to 5-1(3-1).

    FINAL SCORE
    USC-52 WSU-12

    Player of the Game
    Marlin Ward 34 Car, 290 Yds, 3 TD

    Next week vs Oregon State

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    USC vs Oregon State​


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    Oregon State is a well coached team and Coach JFunk knew that going in. No matter the rankings or the record he was ready for a dog fight and he got it early in the game. Oregon State played blow for blow with USC in the first quarter and much of the second. It was a mere 14-10 lead at the half for USC. The USC offense and defense really started to get into their groove in the second half as they added a touchdown in the third off a 48 yard touchdown pass to Givens and two rushing touchdowns in the fourth from Ward and Rich. The defense played very stout in the second half and was able to hold the Oregon State offense to just 140 total yards. Marlin Ward ran well in the game with 18 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. USC improves to 6-1(4-1).

    FINAL SCORE
    USC-35 Or St-10

    Player of the Game
    Cedric Schmidt 11-13, 215 Yds, 2 TD's

    Next week off

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    USC at Arizona State​


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    Early on in this game it seemed like Arizona State's offense might be able to give USC some trouble. Arizona struck first with a FG in the first and USC answered with a TD. Arizona State would score two more FG's and a TD in the second with USC answering every single score with it's own TD. The score was still a respectable 28-13 at the half. The second half, like most games this season, completely belonged to The Trojans. The Trojans would outscore the Sun Devils 21-0 in the second half to secure the win. The USC offense was very balance and nearly unstoppable in this game, amassing 544 total yards, 262 rushing and 282 passing. One place USC did struggle, that Coach JFunk says will be a point of emphasis in practice this week, was 3rd down conversions, going just 2 for 9. QB Cedric Schmidt had a very good game going 15 of 19 for 269 yards and 2 TD. His favorite target to on this day was Byron Givens. He torched the ASU defense with 6 catches for 135 yards. USC improves to 9-1(7-1).

    FINAL SCORE
    USC-49 ASU-16

    Player of the Game
    RB Marlin Ward
    25 Car, 235 Yds, 2 Rec, 42 Yds, 5 Total TD's

    Next week vs Notre Dame

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    MERLIN THE MAGICIAN!!!

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    USC vs UCLA

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    Wow this was unexpected for USC. They knew they were the superior team but this was a killing. UCLA couldn't sustain a drive and USC couldn't be stopped. Big play after big play. No matter who was in the game or the offensive gameplanning, USC kept scoring. Finally having to run out of bounds to stop from scoring anymore. Marlin "The Wizard" Ward was, of course, spectacular. The USC passing game was deadly and contributed greatly to Ward's success. QB Cedric Schmidt was 14 of 16 for 258 yards and 3 TD's. His main target was Stephon Gray, he had 4 receptions for 95 yards. Overall USC outgained UCLA 532 to 122 and allowed UCLA to convert only 6 first downs. USC finishes the regular season 11-1(8-1) and it looks like it will be an all Pac 10 BCSCG.

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    FINAL SCORE
    USC-63 UCLA-3

    Player of the Game
    RB Marlin Ward
    30 Car, 204 Yds, 5 TD, 2 Rec, 54 Yds, 1 TD

    Next week off


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